How to format your references using the Conservation Genetics Resources citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Conservation Genetics Resources. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Singleton AB (2014) Genetics. A unified process for neurological disease. Science 343:497–498
A journal article with 2 authors
Rainey PB, Rainey K (2003) Evolution of cooperation and conflict in experimental bacterial populations. Nature 425:72–74
A journal article with 3 authors
Grassly NC, Fraser C, Garnett GP (2005) Host immunity and synchronized epidemics of syphilis across the United States. Nature 433:417–421
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Saeij JPJ, Coller S, Boyle JP, et al (2007) Toxoplasma co-opts host gene expression by injection of a polymorphic kinase homologue. Nature 445:324–327

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Ansorge R (2005) Mathematical Models of Fluiddynamics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG
An edited book
Deng Z, Gopinathan S, Lee CK-E (eds) (2013) Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum: From Policy to Classroom. Springer, Singapore
A chapter in an edited book
Panebianco G (2015) The Nulla Poena Sine Culpa Principle in European Courts Case Law. In: Ruggeri S (ed) Human Rights in European Criminal Law: New Developments in European Legislation and Case Law after the Lisbon Treaty. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 47–78

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Conservation Genetics Resources.

Blog post
Fang J (2014) Boulder Leaves Dotted Line Trail On Mars. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office (2008) Surface Transportation: Principles Can Guide Efforts to Restructure and Fund Federal Programs. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Masumdar S (2017) Vibration-based electromagnetic energy harvester for low-frequency road traffic. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Vecsey G (2009) A Football Program Ends. A Romance Doesn’t. New York Times SP8

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Singleton 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Rainey and Rainey 2003; Singleton 2014).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Rainey and Rainey 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Saeij et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleConservation Genetics Resources
AbbreviationConserv. Genet. Resour.
ISSN (print)1877-7252
ISSN (online)1877-7260
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Genetics

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